Call for 2016 The Studs Terkel Community Awards nominations


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“I’m celebrated for celebrating the uncelebrated.” 

                                 ~ Studs Terkel

Deadline: Oct. 23

WHO: You. We need you to nominate a phenomenal journalist.

WHAT: The Studs Terkel Community Media Award is named for legendary Chicago writer Studs Terkel. For 20 years, the Community Media Workshop has honored Chicago journalists — nearly 70 of them — whose work amplifies authentic community voices, thereby illuminating Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods and complex issues. This award was not just named for the great storyteller, but, until he died in 2009, Studs was integral in selecting the winners. Since then, the Workshop continues to honor his legacy by identifying journalists whose work embodies the Studs Terkel spirit of storytelling. But as we can’t be everywhere, we need your help.

WHEN: Please submit nominations via email by Oct. 23 to Maggie Walker (

  • The award recognizes a body of work, rather than a single article or series; and is open to journalists working in both traditional and new media, at any stage of his or her career. The work must demonstrate quality journalism, authentic storytelling and be exemplary when it comes to Stud’s gift of giving voice to the voiceless.
  • Nominations must include the reporter’s name and media outlet, as well as at least three examples of his or her work. Please include a 100-word-or-less explanation of how the nominee’s reporting has given voice to Chicago’s diverse communities and impacted a community or cause.
  • Nominations will be evaluated by a committee of journalists.

WHERE:  Awardees will be announced in January and honored the evening of April 7, 2016

QUESTIONS: Please contact, Maggie Walker ( or Susy Schultz (@Susys,, Community Media Workshop, 312-369-6400.

PAST WINNERS: 2015: Sharon Cohen, Monica Eng, Darryl Holliday, Illustrated Press, Maudlyne Ihejirika 2014: Steve Bogira, Alejandro Escalona, Steve James & Gordon Quinn 2013: Megan Cottrell, Fernando Diaz, Dave Hoekstra, 2012: Mick Dumke, Maria Hinojosa, Chip Mitchell, 2011: Linda Lenz, Kari Lydersen, Antonio Olivo 2010: Kate Grossman, Natalie Moore, Progress Illinois 2009: Thom Clark, David Jackson, Alden Loury, Scott Simon 2008: Tom McNamee, Dawn Turner Trice, WRTE 90.5FM Radio Arte 2007: Mary Helt Gavin, Stephen Franklin, WRTO 1200 AM La Tremenda 2006: Mark Brown, Mary C. Johns & The Editorial Staff of Residents’ Journal, Renee Ferguson 2005: Tracy Baim, John Conroy, Mary Schmich, James Weinstein 2004: Alex Kotlowitz, Linda Lutton, Phil Ponce 2003: Rick Kogan, Jorge Mota, Tom Weinberg 2002: Shirley Jahad, Phil Kadner, Curtis Lawrence, WVON – AM 1450 2001: Cornelia Grumman, Martha Irvine, Salim Muwakkil 2000: Lee Bey, Ira Glass, Teresa Puente 1999: John Anderson, Hank DeZutter, Harry Porterfield, Laura Washington, John White 1998: Ben Hollis, Chinta Strausberg, Eric Zorn 1997: John McDermott, Mary Mitchell, Don Terry 1996: Carol Marin, Achy Obejas, Ray Suarez 1995: Vernon Jarrett, Ben Joravsky, Charles Nicodemus 1994: Cheryl Corley, David Moberg, M.W. Newman

Sign up: A three part social media workshop for beginners

Social Media Bootcamp

We teamed up with Better Media Alliance and the Evanston Community Foundation to help you reach new heights with social media.

  • What: Social Media Bootcamp – Shore up your social media strategy with our three-part workshop for beginners.
  • When: Oct. 28, Nov. 4 and Nov. 18
  • Where: One Rotary Center, 1560 N. Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL
  • Why: Communication is moving fast these days and nonprofits should not be left behind.
  • Who Should Come: Are you on Twitter but not sure why? Are you wondering how to get more “likes” on your Facebook page? If you answered yes to any of these questions, than these classes are for you. As social media gains popularity as a medium for marketing and advocacy, it’s important to understand social media tools before logging in. Let’s think about being effective. Let’s establish a plan for your organization and learn how to use social media platforms to build and engage with your online community.
  • The Trainers: Community Media Workshop’s Susy Schultz and Deontae Moore. This nonprofit has
    been teaching cutting edge communication for more than 25 years, will be teaching you.
  • What You’ll Learn: Getting on the platforms, building a policy and a plan, managing your time efficiently by utilizing management tools and creating effective messaging campaigns that will engage your audience.
  • The Price: $395
  • What to Bring: Bring any device you use for your social media: your smartphone, laptop or tablet. If you do not have a device, there will be some PCs available at workshops.


Covering Chicago

Welcome our new journalism fellow, Mirkica Popovik. 

After spending the last five years as a foreign correspondent in Macedonia covering Greece, she is here in Chicago, trying to get a better understanding of American journalism and covering communities. She’ll be in the newsrooms and reporting on her experience.

Her expedition here in Chicago is part of the Macedonian Media Leaders Program. The program, which started last year, is meant to “help strengthen the media sector in Macedonia through the professional development of journalists,” as it says on the IREX website.

It’s a program organized by the US Embassy in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, and IREX, a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C.

You can read her full story here.

Welcome Leadership Council and New Board Members

The Workshop held our inaugural Leadership Council meeting today, June 19, together with the Annual Board of Directors meeting. We were thrilled to welcome four new members to our Board of Directors as well.

Thank you so much to all our current board members, retiring board members and leadership council members. We were inspired by the wonderful ideas you brought to the table today and are looking forward to a great year ahead.

Board of Directors and Leadership Council Meeting

Our Leadership Council:

•    Johnathon Briggs, PCI
•    Michael Burke, Buffett Early Childhood
•    Emily Culbertson, Emily Culbertson Consulting
•    Valerie Denney, Valerie Denney Communications
•    Luisa Echevarria, Univision
•    Laurie Glenn, ThinkInc.
•    Cornelia Grumman, University of Chicago
•    Mark Hallett, Illinois Humanities Council
•    Marj Halperin, Marj Halperin Consulting
•    Jeff McCarter, Free Spirit Media
•    Mary Morton, Morton Group
•    Eva Penar, Chicago Community Trust
•    Sheila Solomon, Rivet Radio
•    Carol Summerfield, TeamWorks Media
•    Laura Washington, Chicago Sun-Times

Our Board of Directors:

•    Gary Arnold, Access Living
•    Claudia Banks, Safer Foundation
•    Thomas Bradley, Laner Muchin
•    Mandy Burrell Booth, Metropolitan Planning Council
•    Ofelia Casillas, Edelman Chicago
•    Hanke Gratteau, Journalist
•    James O’Shea, Author and Journalist
•    William Parker, Editor
•    Teresa Puente, Columbia College Chicago
•    Susy Schultz, Community Media Workshop
•    Jill Stewart, DePaul University
•    Alejo Torres, Federal Reserve Bank
•    Ann Warden, The Joyce Foundation
•    Patrick Wilmot, Pace Suburban Bus

Keeping the Peace, Peacefully: What did we learn?

Interested in learning more about the discussions and lessons learned from our McCormick Foundation Specialized Reporting Institute on Police, Race and Community Relations?

Articles about the Institute and additional resources for journalists reporting on these critical issues are available here.

Join the conversation and follow the most recent updates via #RaceandPolice on Twitter.

CMW’s Stephen Franklin speaks with WBEZ 91.5 FM about his journalism trainings in Sudan

CMW’s own Stephen Franklin is recently sat down with our friends at WBEZ’s Worldview to talk about his time in Sudan. While in Sudan, he trained journalists and educators through a U.S. State Department program. You can catch the interview below.

Also, check out this quick video of his time there

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